Opinion

Just let ’em go already

We all knew the Seattle SuperSonics were finished in the Emerald City as soon as Howard Schultz sold them to an ownership group from Oklahoma.

It was a sad day for local basketball fans and despite the rippling news of the team no longer being locally owned, some still held out hope for them to stay here at home.

Schultz recently jumped on that bandwagon and is suing the good ol’ Oklahoma boys for allegedly not abiding by a side letter in the deal to make a “good faith” effort to keep the team in Seattle.

He knew more than anyone that as soon as he handed over the rights, the new owners would play it cool for a while, but eventually that team was going to be as good as gone.

There’s no way a group from Oklahoma City is going to keep a team halfway across the United States when they could bring them to their hometown. We all saw the writing on the wall as soon as that $350 million deal was sealed.

Now Schultz is boo-hooing about the new owners not keeping “their word” to keep the team in Seattle. Big surprise there. Shultz is obviously doing the best he can to save face. And with little to zero prospects of a new arena, we can all wish the “Oklahoma Sonics” a fond farewell.

The city didn’t meet the recent deadline to come up with $75 million in public funding to go toward a remodeling project. If Key Arena isn’t good enough for the new owners, then it’s time to let the team go. With the current economy, there are far more important projects for the people’s money to go toward than a new arena to replace one that is just fine in its current state.

Anyone who’s ever watched a Sonics game at the Key knows it’s just as enjoyable there as it is at any arena.

Schultz can drag this mess on as long he wants, but it’s not going to save the team from leaving. A lawsuit is a waste of time and money, but if your name is Howard Schultz and you have plenty of both then it’s probably not even a second thought.

It’s time to move on and let Clay Bennett and the rest of the owners take the team back with them to Oklahoma. All they’re doing by keeping the Sonics here is dragging on the wait a little bit longer.

It doesn’t matter if you make them stay another year or another five years, because the fans know there is no future for the Sonics in Seattle.

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